politics

911, 2016

Should Trump’s election be seen as a ‘Black Swan‘ event? What does it mean for the UK?

By |November 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should Trump’s election be seen as a ‘Black Swan‘ event? What does it mean for the UK?

By Dr Steve McCabe, Economist at Birmingham City University’s Business School

In considering today’s momentous event, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America, I am reminded of the phenomenon known as a ‘black swan event’. This phenomenon is essentially something that is such a surprise that the occurrence would […]

2207, 2016

“You Can’t Use My Music For That!” … or can you?

By |July 22nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on “You Can’t Use My Music For That!” … or can you?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

Donald Trump is a figure in American politics who is not without controversy, however the latest controversy relates to copyright law. He used “We Are The Champions” at the Republican National Convention, a song written by rock group Queen in 1977. Queen […]

1207, 2016

What our new Prime Minister thinks about companies, and why we should pay attention

By |July 12th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What our new Prime Minister thinks about companies, and why we should pay attention

By Timothy James, senior lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Law

When Theresa May was running for leader of the Conservative Party (twenty four hours ago), she started her campaign with a speech in Birmingham.  What happened while she was speaking has comprehensively upstaged what she had to say.  But as a first indication of […]

2611, 2015

Now you see it, now you don’t – The case of the incredible Mr Osborne

By |November 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Now you see it, now you don’t – The case of the incredible Mr Osborne

George Osborne is in many ways, lucky. Whilst he is the chancellor who inherited the deficit from the Labour government in 2010 he is lucky that though he regularly broke promises made concerning budgetary predictions, he maintains a pretty decent level of support amongst the general public. This week’s announcement that tax credit cuts will […]

705, 2015

Which political leaders have performed better than we expected?

By |May 7th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Which political leaders have performed better than we expected?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

Are you still undecided on who to vote for at the polling station today? Perhaps Dr Steve McCabe’s observations on the political parties may help you to decide…

The Conservatives enjoy support on the basis of their perceived ability to manage the economy. However, whilst they have been able to […]

503, 2015

Cameron has been scarred by his experience of TV debates

By |March 5th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Cameron has been scarred by his experience of TV debates

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

It’s a bit rich of Cameron who in the period preceding the last election goaded the then prime minister, Labour leader Gordon Brown to engage in a TV debate so that, like the USA where such events are common, the voters could see the key people who they would […]

2211, 2012

Should prisoners have the right to vote?

By |November 22nd, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off on Should prisoners have the right to vote?

Dr Sarah Pemberton, Lecturer in Criminology, Faculty of Education, Law & Social Sciences

Currently, we have a prison population of just under 90,000 people, and depending on the nature of the offence or prison the sentence was served in, as many as 74% of prisoners will reoffend. There are many reasons why people reoffend and these […]

2111, 2012

Will the CBI report be an end to the current patchwork-reform system?

By |November 21st, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off on Will the CBI report be an end to the current patchwork-reform system?

By Professor Fiona Church, Executive Dean, Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

The CBI ‘First Steps Report’ calls for a more holistic approach to reform in education – wholesale review rather than the confusing patchwork of reforms schools have had to deal with over the past few years.

The CBI are critical of  the current system […]

3110, 2012

Heseltine – praise for attempting to think the unthinkable

By |October 31st, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off on Heseltine – praise for attempting to think the unthinkable

Dr Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degrees at Birmingham City Business School shares his views on the Lord Heseltine Review in the run-up to its launch in Birmingham today. For more from Dr McCabe see tomorrow’s (November 1st) Birmingham Post.

In March Lord Heseltine was commissioned by the Chancellor George Osborne and Business Secretary Vince Cable […]

2802, 2011

Stranded in the desert? Keep 100 dollars in your shoe!

By |February 28th, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off on Stranded in the desert? Keep 100 dollars in your shoe!

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology.

Recent news about the plight of British oil workers stranded in the Libyan desert reminded me of my own time stuck in a desert-based oil field with nowhere to go, and how deserts can be the strangest places on earth to work.

The news this week reported there were […]